Andre Drummond Plans to Pick Up his $28.7 Million Player Option with the Cavs

Andre Drummond at Kenny 'The Jet' Smith's annual All-Star Bash, in 2018. Photo by Rob Latour/Variety/Shutterstock

Cleveland Cavaliers’ will get at least one more season of All-Star center Andre Drummond. During a recent appearance on Le Batard & Friends Network podcast, Drummond revealed that he plans to pick up his 2020/21 player option with the team.

By picking up the option, Drummond will be set to earn $28.7 million next season.

“Yeah, it’s going to be hard to give up, so you can count on me being in Cleveland still,” said Drummond. “I definitely will be in Cleveland.”

Drummond previously hinted that he will hit the free agency this summer, but the uncertainty due to ongoing coronavirus pandemic probably influenced him to change his opinion. The free-agent market is going to look a lot different this year, and the 26-year-old would probably have a hard time finding offers that he likes. Also, a productive year with Cavaliers next season might increase his value around the league and help him secure a big long-term deal in Cleveland or somewhere else.

Andre Drummond spent the first eight years in the NBA with Detroit Pistons, where he was a two-times All-Star and the league’s leader in rebounds on three separate occasions. But despite his success in Detroit, Pistons decided to trade Drummond to Cleveland in February after the player refused to commit to an extension.

Drummond ended up playing eight games with Cavs before NBA suspended its season due to coronavirus pandemic, averaging 17.5 points, 11.1 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 1.4 steals, and 1.6 blocks per game.